Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s State Board of Directors has endorsed Lynn Dietrich and Randall Black to represent agricultural societies on the Penn State Board of Trustees.

Dietrich is seeking a third term on the board while Black is seeking his second.  Both are Farm Bureau Members.

Dietrich has been involved in the agricultural industry for more than 40 years, and currently owns and manages over 500 acres of farm and forest land in Schuylkill, Dauphin and Franklin counties.  A 1973 graduate of Penn State, Dietrich is retired from his career as an engineer, during which he served as director of engineering for Manitowoc Cranes and Vice President of product development for Grove Manufacturing.  He also runs an auction service.

Black is CEO and President of First Citizens Community Bank, the second largest agricultural lending institution headquartered in Pennsylvania.  He grew up working on his grandfather’s dairy farm, Parkmont Farms, in Tioga County.  Today, the Parkmont Farms prefix continues under his ownership with 40 plus registered dairy cows and heifers.  Black is a Class A Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia where every month he reports on the state of the agricultural industry.

Agricultural organizations in each county will caucus April 11 to select delegates to vote in the trustee election. County Farm Bureaus should make sure that they are eligible to participate by completing and returning the Secretary’s Certificate.  PSU will be sending the Secretary Certificates to counties during the second week of February.  Deadline for returning the form is April 4th by 5:00 p.m. ET.    

Voting election for candidates by delegates will occur on May 4.

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